Band Biography

19th January
written by Phil



“Playing” Django are a vintage swing group based in Birmingham. They delight and amaze audiences around the country with their interpretations of the classic sounds of the 1930’s & 1940’s using a line-up inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

The main advantages to booking this line up compared to a normal swing band are:

1. Volume. Because there are no drums (the crazy swing rhythms are provided by guitar instead) we have more flexibility as to what volume we plat at. We can play loud, if necessary (for swing dances, etc), but we also have the option of playing in quieter situations (formal dinners, etc).

2. Space. Because all the instruments are polyphonic (can play many notes simultaneously), we can achieve complicated arrangements using far fewer people than a normal swing band where all the horns are monophonic (can only play one note at a time)

We play a lot of standards like Sweet Georgia Brown, All Of Me, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, etc. mixed with suitable contemporary tunes like The Muppet Show, Belleville Rendezvous, etc.

If you have an inquiry feel free to drop us a line at

More here …

8th October
written by Gary

Silas has himself a new all-singing-dancing-visual treat of a site, to be perused at your pleasure at the

28th August
written by Phil

Richard Adey

Please join me in welcoming Richard the latest addition to ‘Playing’ Django – more about Richard can be found here

5th May
written by Phil

I also forgot to mention a special thankyou to Austen for the superb photography now apparent all over the site.

More of his work can be found here.

26th January
written by Phil

‘About’ page now complete. Watch this space photos and gallery to come.